a different cheesesteak question
Recently, we were going out for dinner with friends and we felt like having a cheesesteak.
But we had a problem.
We all knew where the best cheesesteaks are, but we also wanted a place where we could sit and be served - more like a regular restaurant. We ended up with decent cheesesteaks, but in a noisy place where the music was blaring and we couldn't talk.
Is there a casual but comfortable place where we could enjoy the sandwich but also feel like we were going out for dinner? Does it exist? Benches outside won't do it.
I had a cheesesteak at Oscar's on the 1500 block of Sansom last night, and it was very good. Chopped meat, good bread, well melted cheese. Reminded me of the steaks I would get from the pizza shop as a kid.
It's a very casual bar atmosphere but not too loud and has friendly table service. Borderline dive because of the somewhat beat up interior. Cash only but very cheap--they were running a "cheesesteak and a half" special (three halves) for $6.75 or so. Even the regular size is a good deal at that price. Cheap beer too. We all got sandwiches and went through several pitchers of beer and ended up paying $15pp... not bad at all.
Ask for American because apparently they default to mozzarella (?!). Not sure what other cheeses they have. The Italian sausage sandwich was really good too. I was actually really impressed with the quality of the bar food and especially the prices in this part of town.
Mama's is nothing fancy- they have an upstairs room but you won't feel like you are going out to dinner. You'll feel like you are going out for cheesesteaks! http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Re...
I have had a decent cheesesteak at Jon's on South St. where you can have table service, drinks and outdoor seating weather permitting. That's where I'd go, even though I live in walking distance of Mama's!